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I'm re-posting this -
i already posted it in Dog Health sub-forum, but this concerns human health, too.

A Campylobacter outbreak has so far sickened at least 40 ppl in 7 states, carried by puppy-mill pups sold via PETLAND, a national chain of pet-supply stores that also sell industrial-scale puppies to a gullible public.
Other ppl or pets may have been made sick, but it wasn't reported or they didn't go to a Dr / vet; Campylo causes diarrhea, which can be attributed to anything & overlooked as a symptom, if it resolves.


https://www.livescience.com/60381-puppies-campylobacter-outbreak.html

The ppl who got sick, recently:
- worked for Petland
- visited a Petland store
- bought a pup from Petland
- lived with (or visited the home of) a Petland-sold pup

There's a wide range of ages [<12-mos to 64-YO]; so far, no-one is known to have died.

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"Symptoms of Campylobacter usually begin within 2 to 5 days of exposure to the bacteria, & include diarrhea, fever, stomach cramps, nausea, & vomiting.
... To prevent the spread of disease... the CDC recommends that you wash your hands thoroughly with soap & water every time you have contact with dogs, their food, or their messes - including dog poop, pee, & vomit.
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Signs of illness in dogs include sluggishness, loss of appetite, diarrhea, & abnormal breathing.

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Florida, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsy, Tennessee, & Wisconsin have all had human cases - the article doesn't mention Campylo cases in dogs; this is the CDC, & their concern is human-health - but i'm sure there have been some.

Please BE AWARE of recently-purchased pups, ASK where they came from, & if U work at a dog-daycare, shelter, vet's office, etc, pass this on - the outbreak has been ongoing for a year, now, & this is the 1st public notice. :eek:

The diarrhea, abdominal pain, & fever last about a week; most ppl get better on their own. Children, pregnant women, & immunocompromised persons - WHICH INCLUDES anyone taking steroids! - are more-likely to be hospitalized.

Wash hands, get under fingernails, glove-up for clean-up [kennel runs, iso cages, grooming salons, poop pick-up, RAKING the home lawn & picking up leaves / cut grass / litter, etc].

I keep hoping we'll get Federal legislation to ban industrial dog-breeding, but the AKC has joined forces with the puppy-mill industry, & the Am Kennel Club runs a massive lobbyist operation. :headshake:
When the largest "...for the dogs" organization goes to the Dark Side, prospects are dire. :(

- terry

 

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I hate Petland!

The other thing to be aware of is Puppy Brokers, those are the people who sell puppies for puppy mills. They often have multiple breeds available and will claim to have breed them, or that they have a kennel. They also operate on line pet shops like Teacup Puppy Store.
 
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puppy breeders to bunchers to retail...

Puppy-brokers AKA bunchers are the middlemen who buy entire litters direct from the breeders, often by 6-WO; they take them from the dam to their place - within the same state, so it skirts the legal / illegal issue, as transporting any pup or kitten under 56-DO =Without= their mother & every sibling is illegal per USDA regs... but it only applies to interstate transport. :mad:
Within state-lines, they can often get away with it, especially if no one official is looking & consumers don't raise H*** about underage pups being sold. :(

Having gotten a new batch of pups, they start shopping them - phoning pet-shops, placing on-line ads, FAXing photos to retailers that have bought from them B4, etc. // Petshop Mgrs buy the pups so as to offer variety to their customers - color / pattern, size, M/F, type. They don't want all Toys, with a Pom by a Chi next to a JRT & an Italian Greyhound, nor do they want all hounds, with Beagles yo-yo-yo0-ing & Bassets howling & Coonhounds baying. They want a nice assortment.

Brokers typically give the pups their 1st vaccine; the pet-shop usually gives the 2nd. // After that, it's up to the buyer to track & update - & rabies is the 1st & most important of the lot, generally mandatory by 4 to 6-MO, depending upon which state's rules we're under.

The brokers try to have every pup on a plane by the morning of their day-56; their product has a very-brief shelf-life, they need to get them in front of the public ASAP, so that they're sold B4 the cute wears off. :eyeroll:

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